The 5 Best Vacations for Disabled Adults

Two wheelchair-users enjoying ruinas in Riviera Maya, Mexico
Two wheelchair-users visiting ruins in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Planning a vacation should be an exciting and enjoyable experience for everyone, including those with limited mobility. It's a common perception to think that travel is out of reach for people with disabilities. However, we are here to say that's not true.

In this article, we present five amazing accessible vacations for a worry-free and enjoyable adventure. The selected destinations are places where you'll generally find an abundance of options for accessible hotels, activities, and vacation-package that give everyone access to unique and fun experiences. Additionally, we will cover some of the aspects of travel that make it accessible, things to look out for, and how to ensure a smoother journey.

Wheelchair-user enjoying an accessible resort in Costa Rica
Accessible resort in Costa Rica

What Makes a Vacation Accessible?

This is a tough question to answer because everyone has different accessibility needs. Ideally, every element of travel would be accessible for everyone. An accessible vacation is one where many of the aspects of travel, from transportation to accommodations to activities, are designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Here are some key factors to consider:

Verified Accessibility

Ensuring that destinations, sites, and accommodation have been reviewed for accessibility standards. Observing feedback and reviews by former disabled travelers can be an excellent place to start. There are also forums and groups dedicated to accessible travel where you can ask questions, gather information, and receive valuable advice from fellow travelers.

Accurate Information

This is arguably the most frustrating part to deal with. Many websites, companies, or staff members that you communicate with on the phone will state the accessibility features of their establishment. However, as you've probably experienced, you show up to find the room you booked wasn't as advertised, or you arrive to the attraction you've been researching for months only to find it isn't actually accessible as the website said. This is why accurate information is the key to planning accessible trips. But, how do you go about finding if accessibility information is accurate?

This is where a disabled travel agency comes in, whose sole focus is to plan accessible travel, ensuring the information is accurate and reliable. This goes for accommodations, activities and tours, transportation, and more.

Wheel the World measures bed height to ensure accurate accessibility information
Measuring bed height for accurate and reliable accessibility information

Adapted Activities

What type of activities are you wanting to do on your vacation? You may find that some destinations do not offer reliable accessibility for the particular excursions you're looking for. We will get into this when discussing the 5 accessible destinations below.

Accessible Transportation

Availability of wheelchair-friendly transport options is important, depending on where you're going. Europe, for example, offers excellent public transportation options (although the accessibility varies from country to country and city to city). In the U.S, larger cities like NYC or Miami generally have more options and better services for finding comfortable, accessible transportation.

How Do You Plan a Vacation with Someone Who Has a Disability?

Planning a vacation with a disabled person involves careful consideration and detailed research. Here are some steps to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip:

  • Research and Verify: Look for destinations with verified accessibility information. There are accessible travel agencies that focus specifically on travel for people with disabilities.
  • Plan Ahead: Researching well ahead of time will give you the best chance for reducing obstacles. This is true for anyone traveling, but especially when you have a disability. If you plan on seeing a specific attraction, and plan on walking to another attraction afterwards, is the route doable in a wheelchair? Or maybe an accessible ride-share is needed. Does the location have quality ride-share services?
    It's thinking about the little details that help immensely with the overall experience. And of course, book accommodations, activities and transportation months in advance will provide the maximum amount of options to choose from.
  • Notify the Airline of Your Needs: Don't be afraid to over-communicate what you need. Call the airline as soon as your ticket is purchased and notify them of your situation and any assistance you require. For more information on navigating the airport and flying with a disability, check out the articles below.
Wheelchair-user and partner enjoying Rome, Italy on an accessible vacation
Wheelchair-user and partner in front of the Coliseum in Rome, Italy

5 of the Best Vacations for Handicapped Adults

Now, lets get into the most fun part: accessible vacations! Here are 5 accessible destinations to consider for your next trip.

Barcelona, Spain

Wheelchair-user touring Barcelona, a very accessible vacation destination
Wheelchair-user exploring the streets of Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city rich in culture, history, and stunning architecture. It’s a wonderful destination for those interested in exploring a European city with excellent accessibility.

Regarded as one of the best wheelchair-friendly European destinations, Barcelona offers plenty to look forward to. Travelers with disabilities will find that they can explore much of the city with accessible public transportation. It's one of the most convenient aspects of traveling to Barcelona as there is a lot to see. You will find richly historic buildings, iconic architecture, top-notch museums, and very accessible beaches.


  • Sagrada Familia
  • Gothic Quarter
  • Accessible beaches with ramps, adapted facilities, and beach wheelchairs for use
  • Picasso Museum
  • Park Güell

Costa Rica

Costa Rica bridges with wheelchair-users crossing
Wheelchair-users crossing an accessible bridge in the jungles of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. With its lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and abundant wildlife, it offers something for everyone. In fact, Costa Rica is considered one of the best (if not the very best) accessible destinations for people with disabilities. The country has implemented many initiatives and laws to ensure that everyone can enjoy their visit.


  • Accessible trails for trekking
  • Wheelchair-friendly beaches with adaptive equipment available
  • Rich biodiversity
  • Adaptive surfing
  • Friendly and welcoming locals

There are many multi-day vacation packages that include accessible hotels, activities, and transportation for a worry-free trip. You can receive customized itineraries and tours that suit your needs.

Quintana Roo, Mexico

Wheelchair-user going on a beach in Quintana Roo, Mexico
Enjoying the beaches in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Located on the Yucatan peninsula, and home to Cancun and Riviera Maya, is the state of Quintana Roo. Renowned for its beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, and luxurious resorts, its an ideal destination for those seeking ultimate relaxation without having to worry too much about planning. If you seek a vacation like this, booking an accessible all-inclusive resort in Cancun or Riviera Maya is an ideal option.

Quintana Roo has many accessible beaches and things to do, along with numerous accessible accommodation options.


  • Pristine beaches with adaptive equipment available
  • Luxury all-inclusive resorts
  • Vibrant culture and markets
  • Chichen Itza archeological site
  • Xcaret Park and Xelha Park - stunning eco-friendly parks in Cancun and Riviera Maya

If you want to plan your itinerary and activities, there a few vacation package options that include accommodation, adaptive equipment rental, and airport transfers. However, there are more options that also include tours and comprehensive trip planning. Check them out here.

Miami, Florida

Wheelchair-user enjoying the beach in Miamii
Accessible beach in Miami, Florida

Miami is one of the top accessible cities in the U.S. It offers a perfect blend of sun, sea, and vibrant city life. It’s a fantastic destination for those looking for an urban experience with accessible amenities.

Miami has everything. Museums, parks, food, a vibrant nightlife, miles of beaches, and a laid back environment. You can find several options for accessible hotels and activities. It's a choose your own adventure in Miami!


  • Wheelchair-friendly beaches with mats and beach wheelchairs.
  • Unique and cultural neighborhoods - Art Deco District, Little Havana, and Design District
  • Amazing food
  • National parks outside of Miami
  • Many nature parks

Interested in a getaway to Miami? Check out the accessible vacation packages.

Caribbean Cruise

Virgin Voyages has accessible cruise lines in the Caribbean
The Virgin Voyages cruise line is accessible

Set sail on a Caribbean cruise through the pristine waters while sipping on a margarita? Say no more. With stops in the Bahamas and the scenic island of Key West, this excursion offers the ultimate worry-free vacation. You'll find wheelchair-accessible cruise cabins with roll-in shower, step-free entrances and plenty of turning space.

Everything you need is all onboard: food, drinks, amenities, and ocean views.


  • 20+ eateries onboard
  • Complimentary beverages (non-alcoholic) with alcoholic beverages available
  • Live entertainment
  • Accessible cabins

View accessibility and more information for this Caribbean cruise.

Final Thoughts

These 5 accessible vacation destinations offer a range of experiences, from relaxing beach getaways to cultural explorations. With our detailed and verified accessibility information, smart recommendations, and guaranteed accessibility experience, you can enjoy a worry-free and unforgettable vacation.

For more information and to book your accessible trip, visit Wheel the World.

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